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Vorinostat With or Without Isotretinoin in Treating Young Patients With Recurrent or Refractory Solid Tumors, Lymphoma, or Leukemia

This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of vorinostat when given together with isotretinoin in treating young patients with recurrent or refractory solid tumors, lymphoma, or leukemia. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as vorinostat, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Vorinostat may also stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth and by blocking blood flow to the cancer. Isotretinoin may cause cancer cells to look more like normal cells, and to grow and spread more slowly. Giving vorinostat together with isotretinoin may be an effective treatment for cancer.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Drug: vorinostat
  • Drug: isotretinoin


Phase 1


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Histologically confirmed* diagnosis of 1 of the following:

      - Recurrent or refractory solid tumor or lymphoma (for patients in group 1)

         - Measurable or evaluable disease

      - Recurrent or refractory leukemia (for patients in group 2)

         - Greater than 25% blasts in the bone marrow (i.e., M3 bone marrow)

         - Active extramedullary disease allowed except leptomeningeal disease

      - Recurrent or refractory CNS tumor of 1 of the following types (for patients in
      group 3):

         - Neuroblastoma

         - Medulloblastoma/CNS primitive neuroectodermal tumor

         - Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor

   - No known curative therapy or therapy proven to prolong survival with an acceptable
   quality of life exists

   - No bone marrow involvement by disease (for patients in groups 1 and 3)

   - No active CNS leukemia

   - Performance status - Lansky 50-100% (for patients ≤ 10 years of age)

   - Performance status - Karnofsky 60-100% (for patients > 10 years of age)

   - Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,000/mm^3 (for solid tumor patients)

   - Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3* (for solid tumor patients) (20,000/mm^3** for leukemia

   - Hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 g/dL (RBC transfusion allowed) (for solid tumor and leukemia

   - Triglycerides < 300 mg/dL (for patients in group 3)

   - Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

   - ALT ≤ 5 times ULN

   - Albumin ≥ 2 g/dL

   - Creatinine clearance or radioisotope glomerular filtration rate ≥ 70 mL/min

   - Creatinine based on age as follows:

      - No greater than 0.8 mg/dL (for patients ≤ 5 years of age)

      - No greater than 1.0 mg/dL (for patients 6 to 10 years of age)

      - No greater than 1.2 mg/dL (for patients 11 to 15 years of age)

      - No greater than 1.5 mg/dL (for patients over 15 years of age)

   - Negative dipstick for protein OR < 1,000 mg protein/24 hour urine collection (for
   patients in group 3)

   - No evidence of gross hematuria (for patients in group 3)

   - Not pregnant or nursing

   - Negative pregnancy test

   - Fertile patients must use effective contraception

   - Body surface area ≥ 0.5 m^2

   - Neurologic deficits in patients with CNS tumors must be stable for ≥ 1 week before
   study entry

   - Able to swallow whole capsules

   - No uncontrolled infection

   - Skin toxicity < grade 1 (for patients in group 3)

   - Recovered from prior immunotherapy

   - At least 7 days since prior hematopoietic growth factors

   - At least 7 days since prior antineoplastic biologic agents

   - At least 2 months since prior stem cell transplantation or rescue

      - No evidence of active graft-versus-host disease

   - No other concurrent biologic therapy or immunotherapy

   - More than 3 weeks since prior myelosuppressive chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas)
   and recovered

   - No concurrent chemotherapy

   - Patients with CNS tumors must be on a stable or decreasing dose of dexamethasone for ≥
   7 days prior to study entry

   - No concurrent dexamethasone for antinausea or antiemetic therapy

   - Recovered from prior radiotherapy

   - At least 2 weeks since prior local, palliative, small-port radiotherapy

   - At least 3 months since prior total-body irradiation, radiotherapy to the craniospinal
   area, or radiotherapy to ≥ 50% of the pelvis

   - At least 6 weeks since other prior substantial radiotherapy to the bone marrow

   - No concurrent radiotherapy

   - At least 2 weeks since prior valproic acid

   - No other concurrent investigational agents

   - No other concurrent anticancer therapy

   - No concurrent enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants

Ages Eligible for Study

1 Year - 21 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Min Wang
Not Recruiting